Madame White Snake, as per a Chinese legend, was a human/ white snake who fell in love with the scholar, Xu Xian. The couple had a child. However, the marital bliss was not tolerated by others, especially when the serpent background came to light. At first the scholar-husband was locked up. His wife launched a rescue effort which was successful but came at a great human cost. White Snake was imprisoned subsequently. Their son always paid respects to her and his filial piety led to the release of his mother from the pagoda. This legend has been the source of a number of major Chinese operas, films and television series.
The above is a sene from the battle during the release of the scholar, Xu Xian.
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